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December 15, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Her world unfolding.

“Is this what it feels like to be Queen?” she wondered.

Her attendants moved fluidly around her with hushed voices.

Soon her tattered past was stripped away.

Woman in elegant bed.(1919 Misleading Widow.Billie Burke.Paramount Pictures/US

And when the dream is over? (1919.Paramount Pictures/US

Drowsy from the warm of forgotten times, she barely noticed that she was, indeed, bare.

Gentle hands soothed the grime from her form. A little buffing.

Cheered by kindness she had never expected to feel again.

She gave a small smile upon hearing one of them whisper, “She cleans up well. No serious blemishes. Yes, she’ll do quite well.”

Then she was lifted and being carried in arms.

“Please. Please. Let it be real.

Not another cold awakening in a rough place.

Not another delusion.”

They withdrew. Left her.

woman slumped on floor. Vintage (1919. Constance Binney. Film.Erstwhile Susan.Motion Picture News, pg 1865.Aug 1919/

Waking had become a nightmare. (1919Motion Picture News/

At first she blushed, not being Eve.

A garden – but the fence was tall.

The sun warmed her weary frame of mind.

Woman in garden fountain. (Undine.1872 (Waterhouse/USPD :reprod of PD art/artist life+90/

Wishing well. Yes, they all seemed to.
(1872 Waterhouse/USPD/

A nature girl? Why not?

Isadora Duncan danced. Naturally. Barefooted.

Celebrities flaunt faces without makeup.

Legally Blond lugged a monster backpack on wild Pacific Quest Trail – without blush!

She stepped into new terrain.

tailgating folding chair stripped bare. All rights reserved. Copy righted. No permissions granted.

Dare to be bare…that’s not an ant bed is it? Just joking! ©

It must be true what they say about nature’s restorative powers.

Soon she showed she was able to hold up her end of things.

(She just lit up with that realization! You know how it is to be simply wired!)

Folding chair helping with Christmas lights. No permissions granted. ALl rights reserved. Copyrighted

I thought we checked to make sure all of the bulbs were working before we started. OK, I’ll hold it, you get replacement bulbs.©

Her heart-strings wrapped around a new life.

Delicate but no longer fragile.

Despite her deep-seated fear, she learned it’s safe to lean upon others.

Folding chair leaning on another. All rights reserved. Copyrighte. No permissions granted

Holiday preparations can get anyone off-kilter.©

No need to worry about having a screw loose or working sharp angles.

No reason to become bowed under the weight of life.

Folding chair with bows and Santa hat. All rights reserved. Copyrighted. No permissions granted

Velvet becomes her.©

Once again she stands bolt straight and with purpose.

Her world unfolded in front of her. And she’s meeting it with open arms.

No rejected stick in the mud now!

Folding chair wrapping packages. ALl rights reserved. No permissions granted. Copyrighted

Stop! Don’t look. It might be your present being wrapped.©

Merrily merrily unbroken,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Catch up with the lady’s story:

Chapter 1. “Storied Ledge”  (The cad. How could he treat her so?)

Chapter 2. “Hope Delays Reality” (Convinced he didn’t mean it, she waited. He’d be back!)

Glad you stopped by to read.

Comment Break until after Christmas!

Feel free to jingle all the way away.

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A winter cruise, Santa? Wrapped a holiday bikini.©


  1. roughseasinthemed / Dec 15 2014 1:44 pm

    Saw those sticks and thought this post was about me 😉

    I’ll be doing one more post and then a comments off one until new year. Time for a break. But not the ankle.

    Boys send excited paw waves and sniffs and nose rubs, and … Oh, they’re both asleep. I’ll let them lie in that case.


  2. Littlesundog / Dec 15 2014 2:04 pm

    She certainly did clean up well, and who knew she could shine so brightly in her new surroundings!


  3. The Hook / Dec 15 2014 5:49 pm

    Your skill shave only sharpened with time, my lovely friend.


  4. robstroud / Dec 15 2014 7:09 pm

    “At first she blushed, not being Eve.”

    Ah to enjoy the pre-fall innocence of our first parents…


  5. EllaDee / Dec 16 2014 5:17 am

    The true spirit of Christmas, making room for something no-one else had room for. And look at the rich rewards. Expect a visit shortly from 3 wise men. For their sake I hope they bring treats 🙂

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  6. pegoleg / Dec 16 2014 8:09 pm

    Good repurposing there. Happy Christmas, Phil.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Aquileana / Dec 24 2014 4:56 am

    Very nice ⭐
    It must be true what they say about nature’s restorative powers…. That is so true.
    When we are getting closer to Christmas I notice that time somehow is cyclical … A sort of deja vu restorative cycle… Welcome back to the same place in time: Merry Christmas
    Sending you all my best wishes!. Aquileana 😀

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 24 2014 2:28 pm

      One secret of life is to dance the circle, but stay out of the whirlwind merry-go-round?
      Joy and peace to you and yours! Merry Christmas and jingle on!


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